10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Indiana For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Indiana that will put a big dent in your wallet.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Indiana.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Indiana does this very well. Families love the Hoosier State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Indiana that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Indiana for 2019.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Indiana? That would be West Lafayette.

So hopefully Wabash (the cheapest place to live in Indiana) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Indiana and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Indiana For 2019

West Lafayette, IN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 45,110
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 6.2x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 36.3x (1st most expensive)
More on West Lafayette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Lafayette is a city in Wabash Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, about 65 miles northwest of the state capital of Indianapolis and 103 miles southeast of Chicago. West Lafayette is directly across the Wabash River from its sister city, Lafayette. As of the 2016 census estimate, its population was 45,872. It is the most densely populated city in Indiana and is home to Purdue University.

The median income in West Lafayette comes in at $31,230 and the median home value is $192,600 for 2019.

Bloomington, IN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 83,636
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.3x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 38.4x (2nd most expensive)
More on Bloomington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bloomington is a city in and the county seat of Monroe County in the southern region of the U.S. state of Indiana. It is the seventh-largest city in Indiana and the fourth-largest outside the Indianapolis metropolitan area. According to the Monroe County History Center, Bloomington is known as the “Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana.” The city was established in 1818 by a group of settlers from Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, and Virginia who were so impressed with “a haven of blooms” that they called it Bloomington.

The median income in Bloomington comes in at $33,172 and the median home value is $176,300 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,487
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (11th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.2x (33rd most expensive)
More on Whitestown: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Whitestown comes in at $74,876 and the median home value is $211,000 for 2019.

Valparaiso, IN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 32,501
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.3x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.5x (40th most expensive)
More on Valparaiso: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Valparaiso is a city and the county seat of Porter County, Indiana, United States. The population was 31,730 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Valparaiso comes in at $52,507 and the median home value is $175,000 for 2019.

Indianapolis, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 853,431
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (14th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 53.2x (20th most expensive)
More on Indianapolis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Indianapolis is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. It is in the East North Central region of the Midwestern United States. With an estimated population of 855,164 in 2016, Indianapolis is the second most populous city in the Midwest and 15th most populous in the U.S. The city is the economic and cultural center of the Indianapolis metropolitan area, home to 2 million people, the 34th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the U.S. Its combined statistical area ranks 27th, with 2.38 million inhabitants. Indianapolis covers 368 square miles, making it the 16th largest city by land area in the U.S.

The median income in Indianapolis comes in at $44,709 and the median home value is $123,500 for 2019.

Speedway, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,229
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.1x (22nd most expensive)
More on Speedway: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Speedway is a town in Wayne Township, Marion County, Indiana, United States. The population was 11,812 at the 2010 census. Speedway is home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; it is an enclave of Indianapolis.

The median income in Speedway comes in at $40,109 and the median home value is $117,000 for 2019.

Angola, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,636
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 57.3x (37th most expensive)
More on Angola: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Angola is a city in Pleasant Township, Steuben County, Indiana, United States. The population was 8,612 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Steuben County. Angola was founded by Thomas Gale and Cornelius Gilmore on June 28, 1838, and is home to Trine University. The town is served by I-69 and the Indiana Toll Road.

The median income in Angola comes in at $41,568 and the median home value is $120,500 for 2019.

Lawrence, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 48,081
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.7x (18th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.9x (46th most expensive)
More on Lawrence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lawrence is a city in Marion County, Indiana, United States. It is one of four “excluded cities” in Marion County. The city is home to Fort Benjamin Harrison within Fort Harrison State Park. The population was 46,001 at the 2010 census. The city is also adjacent to the east side of Indianapolis.

The median income in Lawrence comes in at $50,107 and the median home value is $133,600 for 2019.

Rensselaer, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,631
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 26)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (12th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.3x (44th most expensive)
More on Rensselaer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rensselaer is a city located along the Iroquois River in Marion Township, Jasper County, Indiana, United States. The population was 5,885 at the 2013 census. The city is the county seat of Jasper County. Rensselaer is home to Saint Joseph’s College.

The median income in Rensselaer comes in at $42,912 and the median home value is $120,200 for 2019.

Clarksville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,228
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.6x (21st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 55.9x (32nd most expensive)
More on Clarksville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clarksville is a town in Clark County, Indiana, United States, along the Ohio River and is a part of the Louisville Metropolitan area. The population was 21,724 at the 2010 census. The town was founded in 1783 by early resident George Rogers Clark at the only seasonal rapids on the entire Ohio River, it is the oldest American town in the former Northwest Territory. The town is home to the Colgate clock, one of the largest clocks in the world and the Falls of the Ohio State Park, home to the world’s largest exposed Devonian period fossil bed.

The median income in Clarksville comes in at $42,872 and the median home value is $112,900 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Hoosier State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Indiana
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Indiana to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 120 places in Indiana that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Indiana according to the data is West Lafayette.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Indiana For 2019

Well there you have it, the places in Indiana that have the highest cost of living, with West Lafayette ranking as the most expensive city in the Hoosier State.

Here’s a look at the most affordable cities in Indiana according to the data:

  1. Wabash
  2. Alexandria
  3. Mount Vernon

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Indiana

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 West Lafayette 4.33 45,110 6.2x 36.3x
2 Bloomington 6.83 83,636 5.3x 38.4x
3 Whitestown 17.0 6,487 2.8x 56.2x
4 Valparaiso 20.33 32,501 3.3x 58.5x
5 Indianapolis 26.0 853,431 2.8x 53.2x
6 Speedway 26.33 12,229 2.9x 54.1x
7 Angola 30.67 8,636 2.9x 57.3x
8 Lawrence 33.67 48,081 2.7x 60.9x
9 Rensselaer 34.67 5,631 2.8x 60.3x
10 Clarksville 35.0 21,228 2.6x 55.9x
11 Greenwood 35.67 55,459 2.6x 61.2x
12 Beech Grove 36.67 14,943 2.5x 50.2x
13 Schererville 36.67 28,778 3.0x 72.5x
14 Winfield 37.33 5,395 2.9x 73.6x
15 Charlestown 37.67 8,079 2.6x 55.6x
16 Portage 37.67 36,849 2.6x 61.7x
17 Highland 38.33 22,938 2.5x 61.3x
18 Munster 39.0 23,005 2.8x 73.0x
19 Greenfield 39.67 21,565 2.5x 61.0x
20 New Albany 41.0 36,548 2.5x 58.3x
21 Batesville 41.0 6,389 3.1x 73.4x
22 Carmel 42.0 88,595 2.9x 95.0x
23 Plainfield 42.33 31,012 2.5x 62.7x
24 La Porte 43.33 21,825 2.5x 54.7x
25 Merrillville 43.67 35,183 2.3x 54.9x
26 Westfield 43.67 35,956 2.6x 76.7x
27 Zionsville 43.67 25,810 2.8x 101.8x
28 Richmond 44.67 35,819 2.6x 51.1x
29 Madison 44.67 11,920 2.7x 65.0x
30 Columbus 45.0 46,926 2.6x 66.6x
31 Crown Point 45.33 28,952 2.6x 70.2x
32 Evansville 45.33 119,806 2.4x 50.1x
33 Lowell 46.0 9,502 2.4x 63.5x
34 Seymour 46.0 19,225 2.5x 58.5x
35 Chesterton 46.17 14,052 2.6x 75.5x
36 Plymouth 46.67 10,011 2.5x 53.3x
37 St. John 48.0 16,391 2.6x 123.2x
38 Lafayette 48.0 72,174 2.4x 55.6x
39 Warsaw 48.33 14,797 2.5x 62.3x
40 Winona Lake 50.0 5,140 2.7x 86.9x
41 Kendallville 50.33 9,592 2.5x 57.2x
42 Dyer 51.67 16,077 2.5x 79.2x
43 Elkhart 52.0 52,662 2.4x 51.4x
44 Noblesville 52.33 59,807 2.5x 75.2x
45 Brownsburg 52.33 24,625 2.4x 66.8x
46 Mishawaka 52.67 48,582 2.3x 54.5x
47 Goshen 52.67 33,583 2.4x 61.8x
48 East Chicago 52.67 28,728 2.4x 44.9x
49 Nappanee 53.33 6,927 2.6x 69.1x
50 Lebanon 53.67 15,710 2.4x 62.3x
51 Michigan City 54.0 31,352 2.3x 52.1x
52 Jasper 54.67 15,716 2.7x 99.3x
53 Jeffersonville 55.33 46,840 2.4x 66.7x
54 Sellersburg 56.0 8,806 2.4x 65.8x
55 Cumberland 56.0 5,566 2.5x 79.6x
56 Griffith 59.33 16,468 2.4x 67.0x
57 Martinsville 60.17 11,647 2.3x 61.1x
58 Cedar Lake 60.33 12,024 2.4x 82.1x
59 Hobart 60.33 28,573 2.3x 66.9x
60 Danville 61.0 9,598 2.4x 76.8x
61 Ellettsville 62.0 6,542 2.5x 77.2x
62 Terre Haute 62.67 60,691 2.2x 50.1x
63 Gary 62.67 77,416 2.3x 39.0x
64 Mooresville 63.0 9,571 2.4x 68.2x
65 South Bend 64.0 101,928 2.2x 50.5x
66 Salem 64.0 6,191 2.4x 59.1x
67 Fort Wayne 65.0 262,450 2.3x 64.8x
68 New Whiteland 65.67 5,881 1.6x 47.9x
69 Muncie 65.83 69,237 2.2x 45.3x
70 Monticello 66.67 5,298 2.3x 62.0x
71 Bargersville 67.0 6,919 2.2x 85.5x
72 Scottsburg 68.0 6,687 2.1x 61.1x
73 Avon 68.33 16,479 2.2x 81.0x
74 Washington 69.0 11,999 2.3x 58.5x
75 Hammond 69.5 77,827 2.0x 52.1x
76 Bedford 71.17 13,292 2.2x 61.1x
77 Mccordsville 71.67 6,116 2.1x 92.5x
78 Lake Station 71.67 12,157 1.9x 46.2x
79 Greencastle 72.0 10,426 2.3x 66.8x
80 Anderson 72.5 54,986 2.0x 47.9x
81 Auburn 73.33 13,004 2.3x 68.9x
82 Bluffton 73.67 9,823 2.4x 71.8x
83 Crawfordsville 73.67 16,075 2.2x 64.2x
84 Greensburg 73.67 12,056 2.2x 67.0x
85 Boonville 73.67 6,379 2.2x 62.6x
86 Hunte 74.0 6,857 2.1x 77.0x
87 Connersville 75.67 13,022 2.0x 51.2x
88 New Haven 76.33 15,895 2.0x 63.5x
89 Vincennes 76.33 17,944 2.0x 54.6x
90 Franklin 76.33 24,489 2.1x 70.6x
91 Marion 77.5 28,490 2.0x 50.6x
92 Decatur 77.67 9,502 2.3x 72.6x
93 Shelbyville 78.17 19,034 2.0x 63.5x
94 Gas City 78.33 5,920 1.9x 55.0x
95 Yor 78.67 11,200 2.1x 89.5x
96 Columbia City 78.67 9,057 2.3x 79.0x
97 Brazil 78.67 8,384 2.1x 56.9x
98 Garrett 79.0 6,762 2.0x 61.6x
99 Rushville 79.33 6,160 2.1x 61.9x
100 Kokomo 79.33 57,941 2.1x 61.6x

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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